• Organization helps families with newborns get necessities

    By: Allison Latos


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Having a baby is an exciting time for new moms who are often showered with brand new baby outfits and toys.

    Some families struggle to get those items that could also include burp cloths and pajamas.

    A Charlotte charity is working to ease the burden, so moms can celebrate their brand new baby.

    Timona Stapleton is a proud mom to 1-year-old Braxton, but he was born five weeks early and she wasn't ready.

    “There were a lot of things, because he was born so early,” Stapleton said. “I didn't have a chance to go out and get.”

    Baby Bundles helped provide Stapleton with the basics needs for her baby.

     “It was started by three local moms who lost babies toward the end of their pregnancy or shortly after birth, and they came together and wanted to do something to honor the children they lost,” executive director Elizabeth Gray said.

    Volunteers at Baby Bundles help sort bins of donations.

    “It is to support the first year of life,” Gray said. “So, we have clothing and pajamas for newborns through 12 months (old), bibs, burp cloths, blankets, socks and hats. Then we have four books and three toys to promote bonding and brain development.”

    Baby Bundles partners with 15 nonprofits and local hospitals to identify moms in need who receive a baby shower in a bag, which contains 60 items worth more than $300.

    “It is a gift of love from our organization and all of our volunteers to this mom to help welcome this baby into the world,” Gray said.

    They hope struggling moms can focus on other priorities like housing and employment.

    Stapleton said Baby Bundles helped her be a better mom to Braxton.

    “It is humbling for me, and there's a need for charities like that,” Stapleton said. “We enjoyed everything that was given to us, and we're thankful and grateful.”

    Last year, Baby Bundles gave out $1,000 bags.

    The charity's goal this year is 1,100 bags.

    If you would like to help, click here.

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